Contextual Design: Defining Customer-Centered Systems / Edition 1

Contextual Design: Defining Customer-Centered Systems / Edition 1

by Hugh Beyer, Karen Holtzblatt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1558604111

ISBN-13: 9781558604117

Pub. Date: 09/01/1997

Publisher: Elsevier Science

This book introduces a customer-centered approach to business by showing how data gathered from people while they work can drive the definition of a product or process while supporting the needs of teams and their organizations. This is a practical, hands-on guide for anyone trying to design systems that reflect the way customers want to do their work. The authors

Overview

This book introduces a customer-centered approach to business by showing how data gathered from people while they work can drive the definition of a product or process while supporting the needs of teams and their organizations. This is a practical, hands-on guide for anyone trying to design systems that reflect the way customers want to do their work. The authors developed Contextual Design, the method discussed here, through their work with teams struggling to design products and internal systems. In this book, you'll find the underlying principles of the method and how to apply them to different problems, constraints, and organizational situations.

Contextual Design enables you to
+ gather detailed data about how people work and use systems
+ develop a coherent picture of a whole customer population
+ generate systems designs from a knowledge of customer work
+ diagram a set of existing systems, showing their relationships, inconsistencies, redundancies, and omissions

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558604117
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Series:
Interactive Technologies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 9.25(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Gathering Customer Data
Chapter 3 Principles of Contextual Inquiry
Chapter 4 Contextual Inquiry in Practice
Chapter 5 A Language of Work
Chapter 6 Work Models
Chapter 7 The Interpretation Session
Chapter 8 Consolidation
Chapter 9 Creating One View of the Customer
Chapter 10 Communicating to the Organization
Chapter 11 Work Redesign
Chapter 12 Using Data to Drive Design
Chapter 13 Design from Data
Chapter 14 System Design
Chapter 15 The User Environment Design
Chapter 16 Project Planning and Strategy
Chapter 17 Prototyping as a Design Tool
Chapter 18 From Structure to User Interface
Chapter 19 Iterating with a Prototype
Chapter 20 Putting It into Practice

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